PREFACE

This book contains papers presented at the Ninteenth International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW 2008) held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on December 1st to 3rd, 2008.
The GIW series provides an international forum for presentation and discussion of original research papers on all aspects of bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology. Its scope includes biological sequence analysis, protein structure prediction, gene regulatory networks, clustering algorithms, comparative genomics, text mining, and many other areas. GIW has a history of 19 years and is the longest running international bioinformatics conference. The first GIW was held at Kikai Shinko Kaikan, Tokyo during December 3-4, 1990 as an open workshop just before the Japanese Human Genome Project started in 1991. GIW 2008 was the first time the conference has been held in Australia. This year it was hosted by Bioinformatics Australia, representing the bioinformatics community in Australia, and incorporated the annual Bioinformatics Australia conference. Bioinformatics Australia is organized within AusBiotech, the national peak body for biotechnology in Australia.
The Program Committee of GIW 2008 received a total of 55 submissions from authors in 16 different countries around the world. Each submitted paper was peerreviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. Based on their reports, 18 papers were accepted (33%) for presentation at the conference. These 18 papers appear in this book and are indexed in Medline. In addition, this book contains abstracts from the six invited speakers: Sean Grimmond, University of Queensland (Australia), Eugene Koonin, National Centre for Biotechnology Information (USA), Ming Li, University of Waterloo (Canada), Yixue Li, Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), John Mattick, University of Queensland (Australia), and Eric Schadt, Rosetta Inpharmatics (USA). The electronic versions of all the papers in this issue are also publicly available from the website of the Japanese Society for Bioinformatics (JSBi) (http://www.jsbi.org/journal.html).

Jonathan Arthur
See-Kiong Ng
GIW 2008 Program Committee Co-Chairs

Mark Ragan
GIW 2008 Conference Chair